Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long will it take to complete the degree?

A: For most students, 3-5 years. The course work can be completed in two or three years.  The final writing phase may take a year or longer.

Q: Can I take classes online?

A: Workshops and seminars are not offered online, however a distance education option is available. All seminars including electives and reading colloquia can be taken in our online video learning format called NOLA2U (synchronous learning). Some program workshops and exams must be attended in person and therefore necessitate a trip to the main NOBTS campus. Required seminars meet four days during the semester (usually Friday evenings about once a month) in a two-year cycle. Through NOLA2U you can attend class from your home or office using a personal computer. Participation through NOLA2U has technological requirements.  Learn more here!

Q: Can I apply if I have a Master of Education or Master of Teaching degree?

A: Yes. Applicants must have transcripted hours in education/teaching and basic ministerial preparation in biblical, theological, and ministry leadership classes to meet the rquirements. Send us a copy of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts for a personal evaluation. You may qualify for Pre-Residency status while completing necessary course work. Please complete the inquiry as your first step to answer the call. Contact for further instructions. 

Q: Can I request an exemption from Teaching in Higher Education?

A: Candidates pursuing an EdD degree who have a master's degree in education or Christian education that includes course work in teaching methods and learning theory and who have a minimum of five years teaching experience at the college level, may request exemption from Teaching in Higher Education. Please contact for further instructions.

Q: What specializations are available?

A: The Ed.D. features three majors: Ministry Leadership, Educational Leadership, and Teaching/Pedagogy. You may choose a major which determines the direction of your research and writing along with an Integrated Mentorship. Students may choose from a wide variety of electives that prepare them to complete a Plan of Study and Dissertation in Professional Practice the culminating writing project.

Q: How will curriculum components be offered?

A: Required seminars will meet four days or evenings during the semester (usually a Friday evening) in a two-year cycle. Program workshops are scheduled either once or twice annually. Elective seminars will be offered different times depending on the selected seminars. A complete schedule is available upon request. 

Q: What is the cost?

A: Tuition and fees for the Ed.D. are based on per credit rates.  Annual fees and tuition information for the EdD degree can be found here . The anticipated expenses broken down into categories and the approximate total cost for the EdD program can be found here . Additional doctoral program fee information can be found in the NOBTS graduate catalog


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